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How to Start A Business:
Tips for Students and Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs
CAMBODIA SPEAKER PROGRAM
October 7-11, 2013
Steve Mariotti, Founder
NFTE
Entrepreneurship Education: An Idea with Global Reach
In 1982, after getting mugged by teenagers who took $10 from
him, Steve Mariotti, NFTE’s Founder, realized he had to help youth
find a better way.
Having been both a Ford Motor Company finance analyst and
an import/export entrepreneur, Steve made a significant career
change and became a special education/business teacher in the
New York City public school system.
Teaching in notorious neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant
in Brooklyn and Fort Apache in the South Bronx, Steve’s greatest
challenge was reaching his students and keeping them engaged in
learning.
Frustrated one day, Steve went to what he knew best: sales. When he
started talking that language by selling his watch to his class, they were
mesmerized.
"Our program transforms street
smarts into business smarts.“
Steve Mariotti
NFTE Founder
From this moment a unique insight was born: Entrepreneurship
education connects learning to the real world and is particularly
motivating for economically disadvantaged youth.
In 1987, Steve founded the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
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NFTE Today
NFTE’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay
in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Our vision is that all
young people can be entrepreneurial leaders.
United States
Atlanta
Baltimore
Bay Area
Chicago
Cleveland
Dallas
Fairfield Co., CT //
Westchester Co., NY
Fresno
Kansas
Los Angeles
Newark
New England
New York City
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
South Carolina
South Florida
St. Louis*
Washington DC
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500,000
Students served worldwide
5,000
Teachers trained in 50 countries
Founded in 1987
NYC Headquarters
Serves low-income young people ages 11 to 18
19 U.S. program sites
12 international program sites
International
Belgium
Chile
China
Colombia
France*
Germany
Great Britain*
India
Ireland
Israel
Mexico*
Saudi Arabia
* launch phase
• $17 million budget
• 475 active U.S. teachers; 800 active teachers overseas
• Middle school, high school, community college and college level
curriculums authored by NFTE Founder Steve Mariotti
• High school curriculum awarded 2010 best math curriculum for
grades 9-12 by AEP
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Entrepreneurship Education: A Global Solution
As the demand for entrepreneurship programming has grown in response to global economic and educational
challenges, there is an emerging opportunity for NFTE to expand its vision, its reach and its impact.
Global Challenges Addressed by Youth Entrepreneurship Education
• 75 million youth (ages 15-24) are unemployed
globally.
• More than 6 million young people around the
world have given up looking for a job altogether.
• The Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
region has the highest youth unemployment
rate, with approximately one in four young
people without a job.
• In Europe, some 4 million jobs available today
have not been filled because of “mismatch
between the skills of the unemployed and the
skills required.”
• Half of the 1.2 billion population of India is below
the age of 25; the youth unemployment rate is
above 10%.
• 33% of U.S. youth do not finish high school; 50%
for minority youth.
• 25% of recent university graduates in China are
unemployed.
NFTE CREATES
ENTREPRENEURIAL CITIZENS
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Opportunity focused
Solution driven
Holistic thinkers
Adaptable skills
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TEN CONCEPTS EVERY STUDENT SHOULD LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS
1. The importance of mental and physical health
2. The Joy of Business and Opportunity Recognition
3. The “Economics of One Unit”
4. Don’t compete, create a comparative advantage
5. Marketing: putting yourself in the customer’s shoes
6. Leadership and giving back
7. Financial Statements (ROI and Breakeven)
8. The Basic Sales Call
9. How to Write a Business Plan
10. The “Rule of 72”
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MARKETING PLAN
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